Party Conference Report

New Party local representatives introduced to conference by NI Chairperson Gerry Grainger

Three policy primer papers and 14 new party representatives have been introduced at the Workers Party Northern Ireland Conference held in Belfast yesterday.

The three documents, which will be used to start a discussion ahead of the drafting of formal policy statements, address Health and Social Care, Education and the Economy. Seven more papers, covering issues ranging from the environment to enterprise trade and investment and social development are to be presented in the coming months.


Fourteen newly appointed local representatives received a standing ovation as they were formally introduced to the conference.

The main discussion centred on the economy, the causes of the current crisis an analysis of the ‘solutions’ offered so far and an assessment of the next targets for capitalism in its relentless pursuit of profits. Author Conor McCabe joined NIC ICTU’s Assistant General Secretary Peter Bunting and Workers Party General Secretary John Lowry in leading the debate.

For copies of the discussion starter papers click here.

Health & Social Care:      Education:      The Economy

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See a review of the Workers Party Conference on Slugger O’Toole :

Slugger O\’Toole\’s conference review

Conference Video clips:


Conference Agenda announced

Socialist, secular and anti-sectarian

The key discussion at this year’s Northern Ireland Conference will focus on the current economic crisis with contributions from several speakers including Conor McCabe author of ‘Sins of the Father’ the  highly rated work which traces the decisions that shaped the Irish economy.

The conference will also debate three Party discussion papers on health and social care, education and the economy.

Party programmes for the next three years are also expected to be outlined during the day.

Conference details:

Date: Saturday 29 October  Venue: Grosvenor Hall, Glengall Street, Belfast.

10am – 4.30pm

Read a review of Conor McCabe’s book at :

‘Sins of the Father’ – review on the Cedar Lounge site

Party meets with Greek Trade Unionist

Sharing experiences:Members of thr Party's Central Execuitive Committee meet with George Pontikos International Secretary of PAME Greek Trade Union Federation

Members of the Party’s Central Executive Committee have met with George Pontikos the International Secretary of PAME the Greek Trade Union Federation.

Mr Pontikos was in Belfast at the weekend  attending a seminar organised by the Belfast & District Trades Council to discusss resistance and alternatives to the Government’s attacks on public services and spending.

The Party discussed the opposition displayed by Greek workers to the IMF imposed austerity measures and economic restructuring in their country.